Hey all, first off wanted to say hello. This seems like a great kayaking community and an awesome place to get advice. My old man has an Epic Kayaks 18x Sport that he hasn’t been able to use for about 4 years (it’s been at his place on stands for this time). I live in SW Florida and I was considering getting into the Ocean Kayaking scene and he told me that I can just take it for myself since he never uses it anymore. The boat looks to be in good enough condition but I won’t be able to drive up to pick it up until around next week or so. I’ve kayak’d numerous times throughout my life but mostly in rivers and streams, never ocean.
Wanted to post here to see what things I should check for on a kayak that’s been out of the water and on stands for this long. Any worries that I should have about anything or should I just drop the baby into the water and if it floats, we’re good?
Also interested in maybe setting up a Falcon Sails rig on the thing but that’ll come after I try it out a few times. Anyways, looking forward to hearing your thoughts and participating in this community! If anyone knows some good spots down here in SW FL - Fort Myers, Bonita, Naples areas, I’d love to hear about them!
Here’s a pic of the boat (couldn’t add more since the site says I’m a new user).